November 12, 2014

The Latest

Gosh, I've been so busy - as you can see by the lowest post numbers in recent months since I've started this blog. I do still care about Mild Slopes, it is not forgotten! I've been on tour for the past month or so and have about another month still to go. Arrived in Holland last night and some how managed to beat the jet lag (a first for me!). In the above picture you can see some of my new set up, with the two Moog racks and a bunch of MU modules to supplement them. I've got modules from, Club of The Knobs, Moon Modular and Happy Nerding in there. I also have some modules from SSL and STG Soundlabs at home, but due to limited space none of those made it to the touring rig.

Once I get home I'd like to finally get all these MU modules into a proper home. I'm thinking the 44 space walnut cabinet and maybe the 22 space on top eventually. So, that will be something to blog about!

November 9, 2014

Analog Days: A Short Book Review

I read this book quite a while ago, but I really enjoyed it and thought I should write a little bit about it here. If you you're an analog synthesizer enthusiast, you will probably enjoy Analog Days as much as I did. When I started reading it I sort of thought "Oh, this is going to be very similar to the Moog documentary". You know, that doc that came out in 2004. But it wasn't like that at all. The documentary was more about how everything felt back when it began and maybe a little story here or there. But this book is a narrative, a chronological non-fiction story from start to finish. Events including Bob Moog, Don Buchla,  Paul Beaver & Bernie Krause. The whole thing was just fascinating. 

My one criticism of the book, and it is a big one, is the author's ignorant comments about Wendy Carlos. Wendy's contribution to the development of electronic music is invaluable and she deserves to be treated with the utmost respect. Being one of the only women involved in the creation of electronic music instruments, Wendy's story is already interesting enough. That the author thought he needed to add to her story is downright distasteful and causes one to wonder what other historically inaccurate bits were added for dramatic effect. 

October 20, 2014

Joy Electric - Melody Double Disc Red Vinyl 20th Anniversary Edition

We've just opened up the pre-oders for the Melody vinyl over at Plastiq Musiq. If you don't know about this historic album, you should! It is a beautiful utopian vision made with a Roland TB-303, Juno-106, TR-909, MC-202 and who knows what else! This album changed my life in a big way. We're so excited to help bring this dream to life. Check it out! 

August 21, 2014

A Taste of Epcot

Years ago, while I was still working at Disney, one night after a long day of doing puppet shows at Disney's Hollywood Studios (then still called MGM studios) my dear friend and co-worker, Keith, asked me if I'd like to go to Epcot with him and watch the fireworks. I never turned down watching the fireworks at Epcot. So we went and we found a nice place to watch them from in front of the Japanese pavilion. Keith got a glass of plumb wine. I'd never had plumb wine before so I got one too. And I loved it! I hate the taste of most alcohol, but plumb wine is pretty sweet and sort of tastes like what I would imagine wine would taste like in Narnia. 

So last night Peter and I were having dinner at the Japanese restaurant around the corner and I ordered a glass of plum wine. I took a sip and was like "Whoa, Epcot!" and I said "Peter, I think having a glass of plum wine is like a little taste of Epcot." and he had a sip and agreed. And we also both agreed that plum wine tasted vaguely educational, just like Epcot.